|Introduction to Holography - Thomas G. Smith|
This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film...
Keywords: lasers; holography; science; optics
Downloads: 15,897 (1 review)
|Frames of Reference - Richard Leacock|
This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
Keywords: physics; science; PSSC
Downloads: 75,917 (6 reviews)
|Granite - Carson "Kit" Davidson|
Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
Keywords: quarry; Barre
Downloads: 5,816 (1 review)
|Hangman - Les Goldman|
A cynical look at how humankind loves to feed others into the death machine, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life...
Keywords: animation; death; horror
Downloads: 19,441 (5 reviews)
|Congruent Triangles - Bruce and Katharine Cornwell|
Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct...
Keywords: mathematics, science
Downloads: 23,304 (5 reviews)
|Portable Phonograph, The - John Barnes|
An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by...
|Newspaper: Behind the Scenes - Carroll Films|
Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
Keywords: publishing; media
Downloads: 5,564 (1 review)
|Happy City, The - William Deneen Productions|
Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Ken Tung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be a film to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government, as shortly after the film was made, Columbo was deported, never to return...
Keywords: Burma; Myanmar; leprosy; Hansen's Disease; Cesare Colombo
Downloads: 72,912 (3 reviews)
|Shaw vs. Shakespeare I: The Character of Caesar - John Barnes|
This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not...
Keywords: Geoge Bernard Shaw; Shaw; Shakespeare; Moffat; Kiley; Grossman
|Je Parle Français, Lessons 1-13 - Milan Herzog|
The 'Je Parle Français' series of French Language Instruction films was filmed in 1960-61 and produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Film's Milan Herzog in conjunction with Otterbein College professor La Velle Rosselot, and Georges Matoré, Dean of the Language & Civilization Dept, Sorbonne. Rosselot was the prime educational consultant and curriculum developer for the film project. Her father was a history professor at Otterbein, and her brother Gerald was one of the founders of Scientific Atlan...
Keywords: Encyclopedia Britannica; Milan Herzog; Language Instruction; French
|Journey to the Center of a Triangle - Bruce And Katharine Cornwell|
'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier...
Keywords: mathematics; science
Downloads: 24,488 (5 reviews)
|Dong Kingman - James Wong Howe|
This exceptional film shows painter Kingman at work in New York's Chinatown, shot by master cinematographer James Wong Howe.
Keywords: art; painting; Chinese
Downloads: 8,750 (1 review)
|Bill of Rights in Action: Equal Opportunity (revised) - Bernard Wilets, BFA|
An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli...
|Silent Snow, Secret Snow - Gene Kearney|
Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
Keywords: schizophrenia; teen angst
Downloads: 19,000 (16 reviews)
|Electromagnetic waves. - British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.; Time-Life Films.|
Examines the properties of electromagnetic waves using those with a wavelength of 3 cm.
|Iran - Claude Lelouch|
Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently was sponso...
Keywords: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Downloads: 32,910 (2 reviews)
|Coulomb's Law - Richard Leacock|
Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl, pla...
Downloads: 8,257 (2 reviews)
|Crisis in Levittown - Lee Bobker/Lester Becker|
The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
Keywords: african-american; black; racism; housing; urban
|Centinelas del Silencio - Robert Amran|
The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact...
Keywords: Maya; Aztec; helicopter; Chichen Itza; Monte Alban; Tulum; Toltec; Uxmal; Palenque
Downloads: 9,626 (2 reviews)
|The Maskmaker - John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.|
One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction Marceau states that to him this pantomime has different meanings. He explains that the maskmaker represents humanity and has all the faces humanity can possess. He also suggests that while many people hide behind masks, others use them to create symbols of life and says that the last mask will reveal man in his only and real moment of truth...
Downloads: 89 (1 review)
|Mechanical Waves - British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.; Time-Life Films.|
Examines the nature of mechanical waves and how they travel.
Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Keywords: Liberace; piano
|Cliché Family in Televisionland - MPO Productions|
This outrageous parody of the prototype 'commercial' family was apparently made as an in-house joke by one of the largest producers of television commercials. Their clients would have never seen this gem, which parodies products as well as the people that buy them.
Keywords: parody; advertisement; asian
Downloads: 34,529 (15 reviews)
|French and Indian War, The: Seven Years' War in America - William Deneen|
This film uses a large collection of paintings on the French and Indian War to offer a vivid and realistic picture of key episodes, places, and people. It explains some of the differences between French and English colonial policy and ways of life, depicting the battle for Quebec in detail, including the deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe.The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Keywords: french and indian war; US History; Encyclopedia Britannica
|Age of Steam, The: Power for Progress - Johanna Alemann|
Describes man's lack of technical progress until the Industrial Revolution, when the discovery of steam as a source of power brought rapid advances. Depicts the nineteenth century and the vast changes in living conditions caused by the utilization of steam. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Keywords: train; locomotive; railroad; railway
Downloads: 926 (2 reviews)
|Youth, Maturity, Old Age And Death - John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica|
In four minutes and not moving from one spot, Marcel Marceau conveys the seven ages of mankind, beginning with life emerging from the womb, through the cycles of life to the grave. Marceau believes "this pantomime reveals maybe the best of what mime can do in condensing time." For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Downloads: 174 (1 review)
|Rhinoceros - Jan Lenica|
A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
Keywords: animation; poland
Downloads: 6,773 (2 reviews)
|Claudius: Boy of Ancient Rome (Latin Dialogue) - William Deneen|
A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is exceedin...
Keywords: Encyclopedia Britannica Films; William Deneen; Samuel Bronston; Latin dialogue
|Speed Of Light in Air and Water - Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.|
Shows Dr. William M. Siebert outdoors at night as he measures the speed of light in air using a spark-gap, parabolic mirrors, a photocell, and an oscilloscope. In the laboratory he compares speed in air and in water using a high speed rotating mirror. For more info on PSSC films and their history, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Keywords: pssc; physics
|Baja California: the Pacific Coast of Mexico - Silas Johnson|
Johnson is another "lost filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
Keywords: Santa Tomas; Magdalena; Tortuga; Baja; Cabo San Lucas; Ensenada
Downloads: 39,416 (4 reviews)
|Sorcerer’s Apprentice - Edward English|
Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
Keywords: charcoal; dukas
Downloads: 3,610 (1 review)
|Basic Brown, Basic Blue - Homer Groening|
Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
Downloads: 36,046 (2 reviews)
|Solar System (2nd Ed) - Tom Smith|
Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a classical music sco...
Keywords: space; universe; Industrial Light and Magic; ILM
Downloads: 23,451 (2 reviews)
|Wild Men of the Kalahari - C. Ernest Cadle|
'Wild Men of the Kalahari' (1930) 30m, prod. C. Ernest Cadle. In one of the earliest "talking pictures" shot in South-West Africa (now Namibia), expedition leader and lecturer Dr. C. Ernest Cadle of the Cameron-Cadle expedition describes the Kung Bushmen as "among the most treacherous creatures on earth". He then "baited them as we would an animal" to gather them for camera shots, and noted their eating habits ("he doesn't chew, but simply swallows like a dog")...
Keywords: bushmen; kalahari; namibia; etosha; san; hoefler
Downloads: 5,328 (2 reviews)
|Meaning of Time In Science, The - Milan Herzog|
Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
Keywords: afana; Herzog
Downloads: 4,415 (1 review)
'Barking Plate' (1974) 10m, uncredited director. This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel...
Downloads: 896 (1 review)
|Berlin: Outpost of Freedom. - Johanna Alemann|
A documentary which tells the story of divided Berlin where two ideologies clash together on one soil. Explains why and how the city was divided into separate zones; describes the rebuilding of Berlin. Contrasts East and West Berlin. Points out how the people of West Berlin manage to go about a normal routine of living. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Keywords: East Berlin; West Berlin; East Germany; West Germany; Berlin wall
Downloads: 746 (1 review)
|Japan - Miracle in Asia - William Deneen|
Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window...
Keywords: Japan Asia, industrial
Downloads: 5,445 (1 review)
|The World Of Enrico Fermi - Harvard Project Physics.; Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, inc.|
A documentary which portrays the life and work of the nearly contemporary physicist, Enrico Fermi, whose work helped to transform not only physics and the style of doing research, but even the course of history itself.
Keywords: physics; Fermi
|Introduction to Optics - Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids|
Shows the four ways that light traveling in a straight line can be bent: by diffraction, scattering, refraction, and reflection. Refraction is illustrated by underwater photography. From the PSSC Physics series. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Keywords: pssc; physics
|Me and You, Kangaroo|
In a touching tale a boy raises an orphaned baby kangaroo in the outback of Australia but due to events beyond his control is forced to return the animal to the wild. A film for animal lovers of all ages. Beautifully photographed and acted. A classic animal story. Awards: AUSTRALIA’S BEST CHILDREN’S FILM AWARD AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL “CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD”
Keywords: Bert Salzman
Downloads: 5,950 (4 reviews)
|Franck-Hertz Experiment - EDC (Education Development Center)|
Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom...
Keywords: physics; PSSC; experiments; electrons
|Protein Synthesis: an Epic on the Cellular Level - Kent Wilson|
Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at Stanfor...
Keywords: protein; DNA; RNA
|Help, My Snowman's Burning Down - Carson "Kit" Davidson|
Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive...
Keywords: experimental; jazz; dada; surrealism
Downloads: 6,866 (2 reviews)
|Counting Electrical Charges In Motion - Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.|
Dr. James S. Strickland shows how an electrolysis experiment enables us to count the number of elementary charges passing through an electric circuit in a given time and thus calibrate an ammeter. He explains that elementary charges in an electrolysis experiment are identical to those in a Millikan experiment, and demonstrates the random nature of motion of elementary charges with a current of only a few charges per second...
Keywords: pssc; physics
|The Stonecutter - Gerald McDermott|
The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts...
Keywords: Animation; Japan; folktale
Downloads: 9,978 (5 reviews)
|[Mona's Candle Light ca 1950s]|
Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene...
Keywords: drag king; lesbian nightclub
Downloads: 2,986 (1 review)
|Interference Of Photons - Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.|
MIT Professor John G. King performs an experiment in which light exhibits both particle and wave characteristics. He uses a very dim light source, a double slit, and a photomultiplier in such a way that less than one photon is in the apparatus at any given time. King points out that the characteristic interference pattern is pointed out by many individual photons hitting at places consistent with the interference pattern, and discusses the implications of this action...
Keywords: pssc; physics
|Homage à François Couperin (Butterflies) - Intl Film Foundation|
Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography...
Keywords: animation; Couperin; baroque; music
Downloads: 4,540 (4 reviews)
|Harry Bertoia's Sculpture (1965) - Clifford B West|
Born in Italy in 1915, Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943 (West was his best man), Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and collaborated on the design of the famous Eames Chair, produced by Knoll Associates...
Keywords: Clifford B West